Category Archives: Rock and/or Roll

Coffee Talking

What the world needs right now is another song about coffee. This song idea has been floating around forever in my head and little scraps of paper. It started as only a phrase: “It’s just the coffee talking.” Then last … Continue reading

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One. Long. Year. #2 Never Perfect

Just in time for your Valentine’s Day celebrations, here’s the latest installment of The St. Sinner Orchestra’s “One. Long. Year.” serial album.

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One. Long. Year. #1 We’re Holding On

In 2020, the St. Sinner Orchestra is releasing an album entitled One. Long. Year. This is an ambitious project in two ways: One. Long. Year. is a concept album following the inner life of an unnamed protagonist throughout the course … Continue reading

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Refugee King, with Liz Vice, et al

It was my great pleasure to work with Liz Vic, Wen Reagan, Bruce Benedict, and Lester Ruth to write this song, “Away in A Manger.” Most Christmas songs are all sweetness, with the baby Jesus sleeping contentedly, “no crying he … Continue reading

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The Year of My Fall

As you may know, one of my latest projects is the St. Sinner Orchestra. We’ve recorded an album, So Far from Home, and have two more in the works. One of the songs slated for the upcoming album, Synonyms for … Continue reading

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Love

The members of the St. Sinner Orchestra often point out that our repertoire leans toward dark themes, with song titles such as “Die Alone,” “Idiot,” and “Sinking Like a Stone.” But this new one, “Love,” is all sunshine. My change in … Continue reading

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Swampzilla at Rockford High School/Middle School

I had the great pleasure of composing a new piece for the Rockford School orchestras this spring. Directors Erin De Young and Allison Holden wanted a piece that would work for their combined orchestras: 6th grade through 10th. That’s a … Continue reading

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That’s When Lonely Begins

Sometimes you just have to go with it, you know? A phrase popped into my head mid-afternoon: “That’s when lonely begins.” It was a title in search of a country song. Five hours later it’s written, recorded, and posted to … Continue reading

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Two Christmases

The final song in my Christmas triumvirate is not a church song at all. As I was working on Christmas songs for worship during March’s songwriting retreat, I began thinking about how unsettling it must be for my boys to … Continue reading

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Tiny King (with Liz Vice)

“What’s with all the Christmas music in summer?” You may ask. This March I joined two dozen other songwriters to explore the themes that are missing from common Christmas songs and to compose new songs that address those themes. During … Continue reading

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